A business case for work-life balance in retail management.

Brown, Caro and Taylor, Beverly (2018) A business case for work-life balance in retail management. Applied Management Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand, July, 2018.

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Retail is one of New Zealand’s largest sectors, employing close to 200,000 people full-time, but with changes in competition and growth in the industry, the expectations of retail managers are increasing, along with their workload. This research looks at why work-life balance is unattainable for some retail managers. Looking wholly at the retail industry, not one specific organisation, the research aims to show the impacts on performance when work-life balance is not achieved and to provide strategies for businesses that encourage work-life balance in retail managers. Using both secondary and experiential research, this study highlights how poor work-life balance is directly linked to poor performance and what it is costing businesses that have no work-life balance initiatives in place. Provisional results show that work arrangements and lack of training are key reasons for work-life balance being difficult to maintain in retail management roles. The researcher shares two recommendations that will improve retail managers’ work-life balance; re-evaluating work arrangements to use rotational rostering and companies investing in the development of managers, through specific training available in New Zealand.

Item Type:Paper presented at a conference, workshop or other event, and published in the proceedings
Keywords that describe the item:business, retail industry, work-life balance
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise > School of Business and Adminstration
ID Code:6220
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Deposited On:26 Nov 2018 02:50
Last Modified:26 Nov 2018 02:50

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